Often thought of as "downtown Switzerland," Zurich is a social & cultural center with 1.2 million people. At the northern end of lake Zurich, the city is stunningly built around the clean Limmat River, illuminating the graceful architecture. Big business is here, & shops can be upscale. Public transportation on rail & water is highly efficient. Green spaces & cobblestoned courtyards are people friendly, & nightlife is joyous.